Flames Fall to Eastern Illinois, 86-66|
Nov. 16, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC men’s basketball team (1-2) trimmed a 17-point Eastern Illinois (2-1) lead to single digits in the second half but the Panthers pulled away for a 86-66 victory Saturday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion. Junior Marc Brown scored 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting for his third consecutive 20-point outing of the season. He was joined in double figures by Jordan Harks and Kelsey Barlow with 13 and 12 points, respectively. EIU’s Reggie Smith paced the Panthers with 23 points and six assists.
“We knew it was going to be a physical game,” said Head Coach Howard Moore. “We obviously weren’t ready for a game like this and I take responsibility for that. I give credit to Eastern Illinois and Coach Spoonhour - they played their hearts out. We’ll take this game and learn from it.”
EIU was red hot from three-point range, hitting 9-of-14 (64.3%), including 6-of-8 in the first half. The Panthers executed a 17-3 run midway through the opening period to go in front 31-16. UIC ended the first half on a high note by scoring the final four points and pulled within 13 before the break.
Freshman Lance Whitaker opened the second half with a three-point play, igniting an 8-2 run that cut EIU’s lead down to 42-35 by the 17:56 mark. UIC eventually made it a two-possession game (46-40) after a Barlow three with 15:16 left to play. Six points was the closet UIC came to the Panthers for the rest of the night as EIU seemed to have an answer for every Flames’ bucket.
Harks performed well in his 30 minutes of action by grabbing a game-high eight rebounds and shooting 6-of-10 from the field. Barlow tallied his third-straight game of five or more assists with seven helpers on the night, matching a career-high.
UIC is back in action Wednesday (Nov. 20) when the Flames play host to Northwestern. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CST inside the UIC Pavilion. The Flames defeated the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill., last year by a final of 50-44.